April 5th is Bell Bottoms Day! Not an “official” holiday, this day celebrates the bell-bottom. Not booties, but pants. Bell-Bottoms – or flares – are a style of trousers that become wider from the knees downward, forming a bell-like shape.
In the early 19th century, when a standardized uniform did not yet exist in the U.S. Navy, some sailors adopted a style of wide trousers ending in bell-shaped cuffs. In the 1960s? Bell-bottoms became gender-neutral fashionable across Europe and in North America.
While the fashion went away for a minute, they returned in the mid-90s…and are even still “in” today – it’s the waistline and leg length that decides. “Boot cut” pants aren’t quite as noticeable, but the theme is the same – comfort rules!